Former D.C. police officer sentenced for role in cocaine network

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A federal judge in Pittsburgh today sentenced a former Washington, D.C., police officer to a day in custody and then house arrest for his role in a network that sold cocaine in the Pittsburgh area.

In 2009 and 2010, Jared Weinberg, 29, of Elkridge, Md., rented an apartment in that town that was used by cocaine dealer Damon L. Collins, according to federal prosecutors. Weinberg also helped count drug money, according to the charges.

Weinberg later became a police officer, leaving that role after he was criminally charged.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money.

He was ordered to serve today in a U.S. Marshals Service holding cell, and will then be on probation for two years. The first eight months of probation will be served under house arrest, according to the sentence crafted by U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone.

Collins, 48, of Brentwood, Calif., is serving a 20-year sentence for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Accused of being the local kingpin is Robert Russell Spence, 39, of Coraopolis. Mr. Spence has pleaded not guilty and is set to stand trial starting Monday.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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